As we approach our four-year anniversary in the beautiful city of San Francisco, we’re more thankful than ever for the magical nights we’ve had the opportunity to create here at Audio. Today, we’re looking back at ten of our favorite memories from the nights spent dancing at the venue in the past year.
Give them a read and come celebrate with us at our four-year anniversary party on Saturday, September 23rd, featuring the musical musings of the Finnish Anjunadeep artist Yotto. The 30-year-old house music mastermind is a team favorite here at Audio and we have absolutely no doubt that this night will be another to add to our list.
10. The domination of Damian Lazarus
The Crosstown Rebels founder finally graced us with his presence on March 3rd, 2017 and absolutely kept the room packed and rocking. With a flare of colorful and interesting decorative elements added from The Kazbah, a Burning Man camp whose aesthetic always brings an extra layer of creativity to the shows they co-host with us at Audio, the night was one of the most unique and noteworthy events of this year.
9. An epic Honey Soundsystem takeover
Honey Soundystem is truly a techno party for everyone. It’s the only party that has consistently and relentlessly delivered a two-floor takeover of Audio and our sister venue Bergerac for one massive night of heart-throbbing, dark and exhilarating techno. If there’s one thing that we love the most about this party, it’s this: it doesn’t matter who you are or what your story is once you walk in the door. On this night, anything goes – and it’s amazing.
8. Kidnap Kid’s Audio residency
Fully committed to an exclusive San Francisco residency at Audio, Kidnap Kid brought such a unique mixture of deep, eclectic, progressive house tracks that simply electrified the crowd on this night. He’s a truly talented musician with so much power behind the sounds he creates. The energy and the hype was real, fueled by so many emotions and so, so worthwhile.
7. Mija throwing down behind the decks
This was one of the most musically diverse and important nights for another Audio resident DJ, Mija. This show was labeled as a special “house and techno set” by the famed, badass female DJ – and she was ready to fire away from the start.
Typically known for her harder bass lines and signature dubstep sound, she demonstrated and delivered on her mixing expertise and her ability to intermix a very diverse set of house and techno music that had even the Audio talent buyers surprised. One very powerful nostalgic track that she played towards the end of the set – one that still sticks with us today – was Underworld’s classic hit “Born Slippy”.
6. The first ever Hi-Lo DJ set in San Francisco
This was another historic and special night for Audio’s history books. This was the debut performance and first-ever play in San Francisco for Hi-Lo – also known as Oliver Heldens – that proved to be worth every drop of excitement that was built up around the event. Lines stretched down the street for blocks for people to have a chance to experience this man’s prowess behind the decks – and he undoubtedly blew every expectation we had out of the water. The set he performed was flawless, filled with cutting-edge house and deep house tracks that had everyone in a craze.
5. A live set on Justin Jay’s Fantastic Voyage
When you have a world-class DJ that can seamlessly and properly intermingle live musical artists with a unique house music sound, you can guarantee that you’re in for a treat unlike anything out there. It’s hard to find words to properly explain what went down that night, but in sum: it was nothing short of magical.
Audio was taken over by Jay’s Fantastic Voyage theme party designs and plenty of fans playing along with the theme as well. A mixture of a bass guitarist, pianists, guitarists and even Justin Jay singing on the mic while playing incredible house beats made this the most musically complex show of the year – all while sounding simply amazing. The vibe was on point and the crew that Justin rolled with seemed to have hints of characters from the movie “Almost Famous”. The lead guitarist even had a t-shirt that read “Fuck around and find out”. We loved this epic night.
4. Lee Burridge’s surprise DJ set post-All Day I Dream
We had an unexpected and rare appearance from the one and only Lee Burridge on a Sunday night. This came to Audio’s surprise when he showed up to the venue for an All Day I Dream afterparty, just weeks after our newly “Remastered” project had launched. With an incredibly clear and well tuned upgrade from Funktion One – and now, with Audio standing as an official Funktion One showcase venue – this night had all of the elements to make such an even more special event than originally planned occur. Though Lee wasn’t on the linup for the planned afterparty, he hopped on the decks and the rest was history. The fans had fallen in love and the people in the room, the vibe, the joy and happiness was surreal. Musically, of course, Lee did what Lee does best – and that night will never be forgotten.
3. All the feels from Nora En Pure
Always one of the biggest crowd pleasers for San Francisco house music lovers, Nora En Pure has a cult following of fans that are addicted to her uplifting, feel-good house sets. The delivery is consistently nothing short of amazing when she performs at Audio and it never fails that when she drops her massive hit “Come With Me” the crowd becomes flooded with camera lights as if paparazzi joined the party. The vibe in the room is always full of love and warmth, and it is always a performance unlike any other.
2. Dirtybird head Claude VonStroke packing the dance floor
Dirtybird Godfather and label founder Claude Vonstroke graced a packed house with his presence at Audio shortly after our remaster project was finalized. This night completely shook the entire block with extremely heavy, amazingly fat basslines and bouncy, upbeat house tracks that had the true Dirtybird flavor and style we all know and love. Our custom-built 32′ inch Funktion One bass unit was pushed so hard with VonStroke’s set that it sounded like King Kong was slamming his fists on the floor due to the vibration it was giving off – while, of course, still sounding smooth as silk. Diehard Dirtybird fans flooded the entire venue with label shirts, hats, banners and accessories, and the energy was once again in a league of its own.
1. The legendary Mark Knight flawlessly utilizing our new sound system
As one of the first artists booked and scheduled after the Audio remaster project was finalized, Mark Knight was chosen to give our new sound system a run for a reason. The living legend never fails to unleash his relentless techno sets aligned with a few perfectly selected house music tracks that oftentimes make it feel as if Audio’s setup was built specifically constructed just for him. The strobes hit the dance floor, the cryojets flood the crowd with smoke and if you’re in the building on a night like this, you just might have felt like you’ve left San Francisco and entered a new country of bliss. It is simply untouchable.